‘Not awake’ allegation as West Midlands Police starts promoting gender neutral hats

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Photo: Steve Woods/newsteam.co.uk

The force said flat, pointed headgear would provide an “additional option” for response and support unit officers and would not replace existing hats, such as the traditional bobby’s helmet.

But the move was criticized by Conservative MP Marco Longhi, who described it as “a checkbox exercise in the race to be as vigilant as possible”.

West Midlands Police say the hats already used by traffic officers would be “more appropriate” for many frontline officers.

It came after Metropolitan Police announced plans for gender-neutral uniforms to ensure officers comply with equality laws.

Headgear won’t replace the traditional helmet, but will offer a ‘new option’

A spokesperson for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commission’s office said: “A survey of West Midlands Police police officers found a substantial majority in favor of having a pointed hat option for our response and support officers. Traffic officers have these. .hat for many years.

“It gives an option to officers who want to use them. It’s an additional option, not mandatory or replacing existing hats. For many, this will be more convenient.”

Mr Longhi, Member of Parliament for Dudley North, said: “It’s really surprising that when people want to see our police force fighting crime, they are more disturbed by ridiculous equality initiatives.

“I want to know how much it costs, because people will see what it is: a checkbox exercise in the race to be as vigilant as possible. Then they’re going to offer the guys skirts.”

A police source told Express & Star that there were practical reasons behind the move.

“For once, this is not arousing,” the source said. “Quite simply, it’s easier to get into a flat-hat cop car than a tall pointed car.”

Traditional bobby hats, known as guard helmets, have been scrapped in recent years by a number of powers, including West Yorkshire and Cheshire.

The Metropolitan Police are said to be consulting with officers about whether gender-neutral uniforms should be made available to officers. He says he wants to ensure that civil servants can do their jobs while adhering to the equality of the law.

It has been reported that the Met Police may violate the 2010 Equality Act by not providing separate uniforms for gender-neutral and non-binary police officers.

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